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Old 09-28-2018, 08:56 PM
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Some progress this week keel area in engine room has been awlgripped as well as areas under engine beds, 24 volt charger removed and all nasty plumbing got gone. We ground off all the nasty glass and epoxy that was done by “The Hack” on the starboard sprayrail as well as half the port side sprayrail
I picked up the first qsm today and will start fabricating the bed rails next week. I will post more pics tomorrow. We will begin to fabricate the bed rails from stainless steel by next weekend. Once done we will finish filling in the old notches and fill in the existing engine rails and pull out all the old gauges and harnesses and replace with new.
looks like the new Genset will be a 9.0 super compact from Cummins as well.

I found a heart donor!!, I decided to pick up the first qsm11 today in my buddies Dodge Cummins Not a wise move, bot is jacked up and motor is crated a foot and a half high on pallet! I got seasick on the ride home.
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That's going to be a sweet boat again!!
Old 10-01-2018, 09:25 AM
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this is going to be one of the coolest builds I've seen on here. It will be worth it in the end. A custom buddy to your liking and touches. A forever boat
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Definitely looking forward to this build!
Old 10-09-2018, 05:41 PM
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first engine is dry fit with lots of snipping and tucking.
Port bed almost ready but ran out of daylight.
I boriught the one engine home in my buddies jacked up Dodge. Not a good move.
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Awesome
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How much do those engines weigh?? Seems like a lot for a jacked up dodge!
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How much do those engines weigh?? Seems like a lot for a jacked up dodge!
that was the not a good idea part!!!! They only weigh about 3000 pounds crates but with those crazy ass tires it swayed back and forth on the way home. No biggie tho, we just stayed at around fifty and all was good. I’m not far from the Cummins distributor.
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Way cool. Worked on a wooden Davis way back in the day. Nice to see one again.
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Today and yesterday were productive but she drew first blood on one of my coworkers. Those grinders are mean with a chainsaw disc on them but they do grind some wood in a hurry. We got the port side all notched out as well and all the notched areas are sanded and ready for paint. Side panels are pulled off and I just ordered the mist eliminators to be cut into the panels. Tomorrow more painting and clean up and prep to swap out shafts. I will post pics this weekend.
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In for sure
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Great Project! Please include some pictures of the wood, and hope your friends fingers are healing.
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Today we had a chance to start finish sanding the notches needed to make the new engines fit. A long and daunting process nipping and clipping. We had four of us squeezing the pigs in and out to cut a little and put back. Also got a chance to start filling in the spots that are no longer needed to be notched.
Waiting on prices and availibility on 6” and 8” stainless channel to use as new engine beds. Way overkill but why not. If not readily available we will move on with plain old steel.
I decided to move the batteries to the aft in the engine compartment to help with cg from moving engines forward. Pics will show them tomorrow as I decided to build in the battery boxes
generator was ordered today and mist eliminators have been selected and will be arriving in a week.
Long stories in mist eliminators and different methods but the amount of water they remove coming in the engine room is unbelievable. 2 14/14 mist eliminators require a minimum of 2- 1” drains. I never had any idea as to the amount of spray entering the boat.
Lastly, I’m looking at Dripless shaft seals and ask opinions, Lois like I’m leaning towards kiwi or chatwick marines bluewater I think it is.



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1/2" Aluminum channel will work fine too & is still overkill. It's lasted 33 years on the Monterey we had & showed no signs of wear. Powder coat or Awlgrip it & forget about it!!
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A few pieces of bar stock and a wirefeed welder set up for ss = channel any size you would like.
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where are you and how much ss channel do you need? what size? length I might know a guy.......................... if you can use galv channel it will be much cheaper and easier to find,
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Originally Posted by HANNAH GRADY View Post
where are you and how much ss channel do you need? what size? length I might know a guy.......................... if you can use galv channel it will be much cheaper and easier to find,
I am in balti more area, I think I am just going to use flat bar as most of the ears are going to be notched out anyway. I just dont like inside corners to gather crud
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Awesome! sub’d

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